Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Rough Edges
NARRATOR: Kevin Chandler
AUTHOR: Cardeno C.
PUBLISHER: The Romance Authors, LLC
LENGTH: 1 hour and 52 minuets
RELEASE DATE: March 21st 2017
Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.
Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.
Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.
Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.
A tale of presumptions and viewing life in black and white. So many, many things made me happy in Cardeno C’s Rough Edges, but the biggest thing was how two men can learn and change their point of view. No huge changes in the characters, just an understanding that your beliefs can be wrong and maybe not everything is as straight forward as you thought.
So, basically, I am a big fan.
I don’t want to give too much away and at the same time I would like to gush. I love the relationship between Kyle, who has worked for everything he has ever gained and Brent who was born to privilege. From the very start they spark. Not romantically, but with plenty of chemistry. As they are thrust together and learn more, those sparks ignite. The development of their relationship really speaks to me, despite the fact that this is a fairly short book.
The secondary characters, both on and off screen bring depth to the story. I really appreciate secondary characters in books and Cardeno C. does them very well. No one lives in a bubble and they provide a level of realism and feeling.
The narration was very good. This was the first audio book of Kevin Chandler’s I have listened too. He had the right voice and feeling for Rough Edges. He managed the fluid accent of Kyle’s well.
My only real negative is that this felt like it could have been a much longer book. It felt, to me, like it had so much more scope for a full novel. And while I like novellas, I also like novels, and I really feel like this could have been a 5 star novel. At the end of the day, this is minor, and while I was left wanting more, I was given the happy ending I want in my romance books.
I am a big fan of Cardeno C’s books. This will certainly end up on my re-listen list. A great book!